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740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building

by Michael Gross

For seventy-five years, it’s been Manhattan’s richest apartment building, and one of the most lusted-after addresses in the world. One apartment had 37 rooms, 14 bathrooms, 43 closets, 11 working fireplaces,...


Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists

by Napoleon Chagnon

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS OF OUR TIME

When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamö Indians, one of the last large tribal groups still living...


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well

by Steve Posner

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me contains 101 fascinating stories from all the living U.S. presidents, well-known pastors, country singers and other celebrities, and world leaders, relating their...


After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

by Michael Hainey

“Family? Secrets? Sometimes I think they are the same thing.” So writes Michael Hainey in this unforgettable story of a son’s search to discover the decades-old truth about his father’s mysterious death....


Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour

by Jack Gray

From television producer Jack Gray comes a generational account of finding one’s way at work, at home, and even across the street.

There are a lot of unforgettable characters in these pages: a loveable if...


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


Houseboat on the Seine

by William Wharton

The title brings to mind a luxury vessel on the most glamorous river in the world, but readers expecting to learn about the high life in France will be in for a surprise. In this charming memoir, painter and...


Ever After

by William Wharton

In August of 1988, heavy black smoke engulfed an Oregon highway, causing a massive 23-car pileup that claimed the lives of novelist William Wharton's 36-year-old daughter, her husband, and their two infant daughters....


Crossing Over

by Ruth Irene Garrett & Rick Farrant

A work Booklist called ଯving and life–affirming, Crossing Over is the true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life.

Ruth Irene...


Death in Slow Motion

by Eleanor Cooney

When her once-glamorous and witty novelist-mother got Alzheimer's, Eleanor Cooney moved her from her beloved Connecticut home to California in order to care for her. In tense, searing prose, punctuated with...


Take a Good Look Around

by James C. Wofford

Take a Good Look Around by James C. Wofford, is a book about life in the outdoors. Readers who are used to his books on training horses will find a new side of the author, a side that has rarely surfaced until...


My Foreign Cities: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Scarboro

“Uplifting . . . it’s about savoring the present, not allowing sadness to dominate and surrendering yourself to love, for better or worse.”—San Francisco Chronicle When she was just seventeen, independent...


Nixland: My Wild Ride in the Inner City Check Cashing Industry

by John Nix

This book tells a great story through a series of true tales that are sometimes funny and sometimes gripping and shares the many lessons he learned along the way.


Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era

by Jeffrey J. Matthews

Alanson B. Houghton—American industrialist, politician, and diplomat—was the world's most influential diplomat during the "New Era" of the 1920s. Houghton, who served as ambassador to both Germany (1922–1925)...


Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings

by Garry McGee

The author traces the history of Wings and delves into the inner dynamics of the group, its commercial and artistic success, and its demise.


Brotherhood In Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers

by Constance Valis Hill

Tap dance innovators and stars Harold and Fayard Nicholas are the focus of this biography that not only tells of their performances with Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway and their many appearances in films, but...


Constantine the Great: And the Christian Revolution

by G. P. Baker

Revered historian Baker, the author of books on Augustus, Tiberius, and Hannibal, tells the story of Constantine, the first Christian ruler of the Roman empire.


The Medium and the Magician: Orson Welles, the Radio Years, 1934-1952

by Paul Heyer

Well-known for his work in film and theater as director, actor, and writer, Welles' influence in the field of radio has often been overlooked for the more glamorous entertainment of his movies. The Medium and...


Behind Enemy Lines

by Tommy Macpherson & Richard Bath

With three Military Crosses, three Croix de guerre, a Légion d'honneur and a papal knighthood for his heroics during the Second World War, Sir Tommy Macpherson is the most decorated living soldier of the British...


Car Trouble

by Wensley Clarkson

Wensley Clarkson's mum and dad lived on a different planet from most parents as he grew up in post-war London in the late 1950s and '60s. His mother spent much of her time nursing a tumbler of whisky and a bottle...